Every time a starting quarterback in the NFL goes down with a serious injury, some sports writer is quick to urge that team to sign free agent Colin Kaepernick (seen in file photo). It happened again when San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a season-ending knee injury Sunday. The Root's Stephen A. Crockett Jr. and Michael Harriot offer six "legit reasons" why the 49ers should bring back their former QB and one why they won't.
The Root duo view the 49ersis as "one of the few teams that hasn’t discouraged players from protesting and they are also Colin Kaepernick’s former team, all signs pointed to an eventual reunion between the glorious afro that once was and his former team." The co-writers preceded their list by acknowledging they don't believe the 49ers will sign Kaepernick because he doesn't fit the team's offensive system -- "which is NFL white-speak for 'I don’t see color' or 'my closest friend is black.'"
"Never underestimate white people’s love for burning shit. They love to burn shit and this will (sic) the flag-fellators something else to burn. And why would the NFL give a shit once they have the money?"
6. There is No Downside
"Even if Kaepernick sucks, it’s not like the other options don’t suck too. Plus, the 49ers would become the unofficial team of Black America. ...
"And if Kaepernick plays well, the 49ers could serve as an outlet for white rage. They’d be the bizarro New England Patriots, the official team of white nationalism. (I don’t know if that’s true, but if I was a white nationalist, I’d trumpet Tom Brady as the Aryan example of white superiority.)"
After ranting about how great Kaepernick would be for the NFL, Harriot and Crockett dismiss the idea of the 49ers signing him for one basic reason: "White Supremacy":
"They aren’t going to allow the inmates to tell them how to run the prison. They can’t control Colin Kaepernick and that’s what scares them the most. In the end, Kaepernick is a free black man and the NFL can’t stand it. He’s proven that his convictions mean more than their money and their interest in putting a winning team on the field. They are willing to go to court and lose just to keep him chained. At least this way they know exactly what to do with him—nothing."